I used to love them but the quality of the restaurants have deteriorated and that's a shame. If there is a clean one, I'd love to support it.
Startups and small businesses don't realize the long term positive gains of paying talent what they're worth. They justify budgetary excuses for keeping salaries low or outright not hiring the people they really need. As you read this article, you'll see some great cases for focusing on the talent and relation to the bottom line over cost.
Would be interesting to hear other opinions and experiences with hiring struggle.
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Who's ready to get down to some real relationship building?
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YES! I keep saying this. Too many people want things to be perfect. There will never be a "perfect" situation. And if you're looking for investors, you absolutely must be able to prove viability. Having an MVP allows people to use, try, interact with your business and its product or service. That allows you to show them how the business runs and gives them a look into the long term view for your company.
But MVP doesn't mean you can just throw any old garbage out on the market. It just means get things minimally running so that people get the gist of the product or service, then refine as you get user feedback.
There has been a big discussion going on about banking via smartphones and tablets. The conversation evolved into talking about processing transactions using social. At the same time, big brands have been experiencing serious data breeches.
While I'm not one who believes in standing in the way of progress, I am not comfortable processing social transactions. I wouldn't use whatever Twitter and has cooked up for social payments. In fact, I don't want to use anything where I'll be sharing my banking info unless I'm sure there are security measures in place. And I'm sorry, but social media hasn't convinced me that the two can successfully merge.
I did say I want to try Bitcoin this year as a merchant and as a consumer. But there are no guarantees. To be fair, when Paypal first came out, people slammed them and didn't trust them. They're still here. Can Dwolla and Strip survive just as long? Square got a few side eyes too. But they're still around too.
So how do you feel about the direction mobile/social/banking is going? Are you with it, or prefer old school? I'm somewhere in the middle.
As much as I understand the technological requirements of secure financial data processing and private data storage, there is a lot of work to be done.
First - through out the EU and elsewhere, Credit/Debit cards are in use that use "smart chip" technologies that are far beyond the scope of current safety protocols in magnetic stripe cards. This needs to be done in the US, and not hampered by "inaccurate cost analysis". Just take one look at what the costs that Target is incurring for their data breach. But ALL businesses need affordable conversion capabilities to the new readers, or it will never be accepted by the masses.
Second - Goes to the financial institutions themselves (and any company accepting electronic payments). They need to own up to their responsibilities. Whether they charge 2% or 20% interest, part of that operating cost they bring in by fee structures NEEDS to be applied to KEEPING THE CONSUMER and THEIR PRIVATE DATA SAFE.
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Interesting read! I would love to hear from the #VC community on this one.
Sharing helps other #entrepreneurs. Failing shouldn't be embraced, rather the lessons learned as a result of the failure. There have been some rumblings around the web that people shouldn't celebrate failure because it means acceptance of mediocrity. But by publicly sharing your failures, I believe it makes you stronger because you can show that sometimes the inevitable has to happen in order for you to find your way. And sharing that will reduce anxiety and fear for other entrepreneurs.
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